By Louise Bolger
Jan Holman carries unique nautical items and antiques
at The Sea Hagg in Cortez.
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
sun staff writer
If there is anyone out there within the readership of this
newspaper who hasnt been to The Sea Hagg on Cotez Road
at least once, you need to get up right now, get in your car
and drive to 12304 Cortez Road W. as fast as your little gas
guzzler will carry you. And if youre expecting to see
any ugly old witches or female demons walking around, forget
it; the only sea hags in this shop are on the walls.
Jan Holman, the owner of The Sea Hagg, is in her seventh year
of supplying unique nautical and antique curiosities to her
customers. Translated, this means anything and everything
that has something to do with the sea. During a 25- year career
in Ohio, Holman was involved with antiques, decorating, retail
sales and advertising and settled in Cortez because of her
love of all things nautical. Love quickly turned into passion
as Holman started collecting one-of-a-kind treasures influenced
by the sea and showcasing them in her equally one-of-a-kind
chandlery and gallery.
The Sea Hagg is distinctive right from the fishing boat on
display in the front yard; stepping aboard will make you feel
youre in a scene from "Jaws." Of course, before
you even get to the fishing boat, you have to pass by the
mermaid-inspired sports car park nearby and pass through the
awesome gates and pillars imbedded with fish, shells, seahorses,
starfish and other assorted sea creatures.
Inside, youll find an eclectic collection of anchors,
brass instruments, mermaids created in all kinds of materials
and maritime accessories too numerous to list. And dont
forget to stroll through the Salvage Garden, where you might
find shutters and windows with character, old lines from ships,
mirrors and who knows what else. I even spied tall stalks
Across the street Holman has added the Cortez Trading Company
& Gallery offering original watercolors, lots of fish
carvings and of course, more mermaids.
Holman and three employees, Carmy Naylor, Pat Musser and Barbara
Hoehn, keep updating the new and exclusive inventory practically
on a daily basis. Right now theyre getting ready for
the anniversary sale and celebration of The Sea Haggs
seven years bewitching Cortez, so watch for the details in
next weeks paper.
Seven years ago, exhausted from cleaning out the building
in preparation of opening her new business, Holman said she
was feeling like an "old sea hag" and presto a name
was born. AsAHolman says, "a sea hags beauty is
in the eye of the beholder," but her Sea Hagg has beauty
Name: The Sea Hagg
Address: 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez
Telephone: (941) 795-5756
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday; Sunday by chance or appointment
Web site: www.seahagg.com